According to the Manchester Evening News on Monday, Manchester United are interested in signing a new left back this summer. That will likely come at a pretty handsome price knowing that United are likely going to spend as much as they possibly can to improve the squad ahead of another year in the Champions League as well as the objective to close the gap between themselves and city rival Manchester City.
That left back that United won’t be signing?
In the same Manchester Evening News report, it has been said that United are done with their rumored chase to sign the 27-year-old Brazilian left back. It’s a rumored chase that spans all the way back to last summer when Sandro was reportedly a hot commodity amongst the big boys of the English Premier League as well as some of the other financially-blessed clubs in Europe like Paris Saint-Germain.
It is not yet known which left-backs United are monitoring but Sandro is no longer on their radar as he mulls over a new contract offer at Juventus.
United have been heavily linked with a move for the 27-year-old and reports in Italy claimed last month that a deal would be announced ‘within days’. However, those noises have gone quiet in recent weeks.
(Source: Manchester Evening News)
Whether Sandro’s form from the past season has something to do with it, who knows. But it’s not like he’s going into this current summer, one where he’s not going to be playing some ball in Russia like Juve teammate and fellow Brazilian Douglas Costa, with the some kind of heat surrounding his name like was the case 12 months ago.
That drop in form, one where we were left wondering where the actual Alex Sandro had gone for a good portion of the 2017-18 season, could turn out to be a positive for Juventus’ intentions of keep him around beyond this summer. There’s been talk of a contract extension being put on the table, although that has cooled down over the last week or two.
Regardless, the fewer rumors we hear about Sandro potentially leaving, the better. And if Juve want to get that contract extension done relatively soon so that Sandro is happy and a little bit richer when each paycheck comes his way, then that would be pretty good, too.